Full Intensity

The Lower Canyon on Clear Creek

Adrenaline seekers will love the Lower Canyon portion of Clear Creek, with opportunities to raft class IV and V rapids. This is a unique opportunity to explore some of the best whitewater in the state within a short distance of Denver.

The Highlights Of Your Trip

Join us for an exhilarating trip through the most scenic section of Clear Creek. This trip represents an exciting option for rafters seeking a little more challenge than our introductory whitewater, but is still appropriate for physically fit first-timers.

Minimum age: 15

Book this trip

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How much

Pricing

From $119

Ages 15+ 15% off
with promo SNOWDANCE24

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What's included

Activities

  • Rafting
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Trip Length

Duration

Half Day

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How Hard

Difficulty

Full Intensity
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Who can go

Minimum Age

15 years old & Up

Trip Highlights

A. What to Expect

  • Half-day trip through challenging whitewater rafting on Clear Creek
  • Paddle 10 miles with opportunities to experience steep drops and technical sections
  • Class IV whitewater of Upper Beaver Falls, Lower Beaver Falls, and The Nixon Rapids
  • Class V portions including rapids such as Guide Ejector, Double Knife, Hells Corner, and Terminator
  • Exciting rafting just 30 minutes from Denver
  • Experienced raft guides

B. Trip Itinerary

  • Meet your guide and gear up for your adventure at our Idaho Springs outpost
  • Shuttle to Clear Creek, where you will gather with your group
  • Learn basic paddling technique from your guide before putting in the water
  • Paddle 10 miles through Clear Creek’s Lower Canyon on this exciting half-day adventure
  • Shuttle back to our outpost
  • Check out the photos from your trip

C. Who will love this trip?

  • Adrenaline seekers looking to tack some of Colorado’s most advanced whitewater
  • Physically fit beginner rafters seeking a challenge or more experienced rafters hoping for advanced whitewater
  • Groups seeking a higher intensity rafting experience close to Denver
  • Families with kids at least 15 years old

What to expect

On Your Whitewater Rafting Adventure

group paddling into more intense whitewater

Excitement at every turn

Our Lower Canyon white water rafting trip covers 10 miles and plunges you straight into some of the most advanced whitewater on the Clear Creek. You’ll get the adrenaline pumping through class IV sections, and by the time you catch your breath, you’ll be headed into class V rapids. On this half-day trip, you’ll rush through impressive scenery and an even more impressive gradient that drops 150 feet/mile through the canyon.

 

group rafting directly into whitewater spray

Beautiful Scenery

In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Lower Canyon on Clear Creek offers thrilling whitewater adventures against the backdrop of majestic mountains. Lush green trees adorn the riverbanks, while imposing rock formations flank your raft on either side. Keep a lookout for wildlife sightings, as you may have the chance to spot bighorn sheep, eagles, or otters along the way.

Raft and equipment, including safety helmets and lifejackets.

Included Gear & Packing List

All of your gear will be provided for your rafting excursion. This includes:

  • PFD
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket

WHAT TO BRING

  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet… no flip flops or crocs!
  • Fleece and/or quick dry clothing
  • Waterproof sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Cash to tip your raft guide
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Continue the Adventure

Whether you’re at Idaho Springs outpost for a day trip from Denver or planning a longer visit, you’ll find plenty of activities in the area.

  • Try out a local culinary favorite, such as Beau Jo’s Pizza or Tommyknocker Brewery
  • Explore the mining history of the region with an engaging tour at Argo Mill and Tunnel or Phoenix Gold Mine.
  • Discover the nearby natural wonders, including the breathtaking St. Mary’s Glacier, 14,000 ft. Mount Blue Sky, or one of the many scenic hiking or biking trails in the area.
  • Take a short drive to Denver and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Colorado’s largest city, where endless attractions and cultural experiences await.

Trip Location

Group of people on a rustic bridge.

Idaho Springs

431 Chicago Creek Road
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Our Idaho Springs outpost offers beginner to advanced levels of whitewater rafting on Clear Creek, soar among the treetops on our Cliffside Zipline, or try our  Via Ferrata course for an introduction to mountaineering.  Enjoy an afternoon in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and catch some incredible sights of historic Idaho Springs- the location of Colorado’s first gold discovery!

Our Idaho Springs outpost is conveniently located near Denver, just 30 minutes west of downtown on I-70, and less than an hour from Summit County.

FAQs

The best time for rafting on this river is early May to mid-July when the flow will be at its most dynamic.

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